Jonathan DiBiaso has been named the U.S. Air Force National Player of the Week.
Needing just three touchdown passes to break the state career record, Jonathan Dibiaso
fired a 36-yard scoring strike on his initial attempt and finished the first quarter with four and a new record on October 28.
The previous record of 85 touchdown passes by Tommy Colombo of Brockton (Mass.) had stood since 1987. DiBiaso's record now stands at 88 with up to five games remaining, as of October 28.
Surprisingly, Jonathan's big dream as a youngster wasn't about records - it was all about a special uniform number.
"My dream was to wear No. 6," he said. "Through Pop Warner I always wore No. 6. The top players (at Everett High) wore No. 6. My father wore No. 6 (when he played for Everett). I always looked up to my dad. He's been the biggest influence on me. He's a lot more tougher on me and I always get a lot of criticism from others (because he's the coach's son). That just sets a fire in me."
John DiBiaso isn't surprised by his son's passing accuracy. He knows where it came from.
"When he was a little guy, he used to come to the gym (he also was the basketball coach then) with me," he said. "He would throw his little Pop Warner football in the basket. He would throw from the corner, then the top of the key, then half-court when he was four or five years old. He would throw it full-court when he was 11 or 12. My quarterback would try to beat him and he couldn't do it. It would crack the (older) kids up. I still tell him that's why he is so accurate today."
Jonathan has a 4.0 grade point average and ranks No. 29 in a class of 450. He is being recruited by the likes of Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton, Penn and Holy Cross.
"If other schools pop up, things could change," he said.
Meanwhile, his only mission is to add more victories to the Crimson Tide's 8-0 record and repeat as Super Bowl champion.
"Anything less than that is failure," he said.
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